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This notion—popularized by NFL Network's Mike Mayock—may or may not be mythical. The point is that at this stage it's impossible to know.
“From my perspective, this is the deepest and best draft class I’ve seen in probably ten years,” Mayock said last month, according to Pro Football Talk. “That’s been reinforced by most of the general managers and scouts I’ve talked to throughout the league. I had one GM tell me the other day that having a Top-20 pick this year is very similar to having a Top-10 pick last year.”
But if we can't judge a draft or a draft class right away, how can we make assumptions about how deep said class is?
It's also dangerous to believe that deep means totally awesome. Because if the stars just aligned this way, with so many prospects coming out early, it could mean we end up with a lot of good players in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert stated at the combine that this was also the most immature draft class he's evaluated in 30 years on the job.
"Experience has told us that a lot of these younger players aren't ready for this," Colbert said, according to NFL.com. "It's a huge leap. I don't think a lot of them understand that until they actually get on a playing field and see the increase in the quality of play."
In that respect, this year's draft could actually be artificially deep.